Joan Benoit Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson

June 10, 2020

Podcast: Salwa Eid Naser banned, Hayward Field Reopening, Impossible Games, Treadmill Records, Brown Track Reinstated

Listen to the best track and field running podcast on the planet.
June 04, 2020

I Was Bored, So I Watched Joan Benoit Samuelson Win the 1984 Olympic Marathon

After a runner that was "considerably heavier than the other marathoners" took an early lead, Benoit won the inaugural women's Olympic marathon thanks to a daring early breakaway, clocking the #3 time ever (at the time) and demolishing a field of studs (Grete WaitzIngrid KristiansenRosa Mota) to cement her status as a legend.
April 19, 2020

Who Had The Better Career, Joan Benoit Samuelson or Jenny Simpson?

LetsRun nation thinks that Jenny Simpson had the better career than Joan Benoit Samuelson. They are wrong. Rojo tells you why. *MB: Has LetsRun nation lost its mind? Jenny Simpson is currently beating Joan Benoit in the voting for Greatest American Ever.
July 20, 2017

Two-Time Olympic Medalist Galen Rupp and American Marathon Debut Record Holder Jordan Hasay Headline Strong Field of American Runners at the 40th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Other top Americans include Luke Puskedra, Diego Estrada, Andrew Bumbalough, Sam Chelanga, Chris Derrick making his debut, Becky Wade and Joan Benoit Samuelson going for the first sub-3 hour marathon by a 60-year-old.
May 24, 2017

WTW: Yohan Blake is BACK, A College Woman Runs 14:51, Why The 2020 Trials Shouldn't Be In Eugene, Joanie Turns 60 & More

Plus we point out a high school meet in Georgia produced more World Championship qualifiers than the USATF Distance Classic and praise an American who won an international marathon last week.
October 20, 2015

WTW: We Double Down On Ryan Hall, Give Some Love To The Valencia Half And Abraham Cheroben, Try To Figure Out When Kenya And Ethiopia Got Good At The Marathon And Triple Jump Mania In Brazil

Ryan Hall may not be Joan Benoit but he's had a great career. But while we're talking of great careers, we bet you've never heard of Abraham Cheroben and he's now led the world at a major event 2 years in a row. Plus, we show you how bad Kenyan and Ethiopia used to be at the marathon.
October 13, 2015

Week That Was: Ryan Hall = Joan Benoit?, Chicago Drops Pacers, We Celebrate Steve Jones' 1985 Run, Great Advice From Joe Newton

Is Ryan Hall this generation's Joan Benoit Samuelson? Chicago drops pacemakers, we remember Steve Jones's magical 1985 run, and great advice from legendary coach Joe Newton. *MB: Ryan Hall=Joan Benoit Samuelson?
October 08, 2015

2015 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Women's Preview: Who Wins & Will A 40+ Woman Be The Top American?

HM WR holder Florence Kiplagat, Tokyo champ Birhane Dibaba and '14 Dubai champ Mulu Seboka are the favorites. The battle for top American is wide open as 42-year-old Deena Kastor goes for the US masters record (2:28:40) against 40-year-old US marathon champ Blake Russell and Sara Hall. Then there is ageless wonder, 58-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson, who will try to run within 30 minutes of her 2:21 winning time 30 years ago.
April 10, 2014

Former Champions Return For 2014 Boston Marathon

Joan Samuelson, Amby Burfoot, and Gelindo Bordin return to run and Bill Rodgers will serve as grand marshal.